Postgrad Med J 79:59-60 doi:10.1136/pmj.79.927.59
  • Case report

Phantom lymphadenopathy. An association with chronic fatigue syndrome

  1. C D Shee
  1. Department of Medicine, Queen Mary’s Sidcup NHS Trust
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr C D Shee, Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, Kent DA14 6LT, UK;
  • Received 27 May 2002
  • Accepted 5 November 2002


Ten patients with self diagnosed enlarged lymph glands were referred to a general medicine outpatient clinic and careful examination did not confirm lymphadenopathy. All patients also complained of severe chronic fatigue associated with aches and miscellaneous somatic symptoms, and fulfilled criteria for diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Phantom lymphadenopathy may be a symptom in some people with CFS, and possible reasons for this are discussed.